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EDAD 671 Understanding Cultural Frameworks and De-Centering Dominant Culture

Content: In this course, we explore the personal orientation necessary to work effectively in cross-cultural learning environments. We dissect dominant culture through unpacking the cultural values, beliefs, communication style, learning orientation, and cultural preferences that often remain unconsciously perpetuated or privileged in educational institutions. Then we will continue to explore the historical creation of a racial hierarchy via policies, systems, institutions, and laws and the legacy of discrimination, bias, and white privilege it creates today. Lastly, we explore nondominant cultural beliefs, communication styles, and learning styles as well as the basic tenets of culturally responsive teaching in order to begin de-centering dominant culture in schools and classrooms to truly create inclusive learning environments.
Prerequisites: None.
Credits: 2 semester hours.